Contemporary Practices in Health Care

ContemporaryPractices in Health Care

ContemporaryPractices in Health Care

Everyprofession experiences changes that require all professionals toformulate strategies that can help them stay-up-date and adoptemerging trends to enhance their service delivery. Similarly,professionals working in the field of occupational therapy shouldexpect new standards, regulations, and practices to be introducedinto their profession from time to time (Fawcett, 2013). This paperwill discuss three major resources through which occupationaltherapist managers can familiarize themselves with the changes takingplace in their field of profession and keep themselves up-to-date.

Thefirst resource is organizations (including professional bodies andgovernment agencies) that publish information about occupationaltherapy practices. For example, the American Occupational TherapyAssociation is a professional organization that has a website onwhich changes affecting the practices of occupational therapists areposted (AOTA, 2015). A manager in the field of occupational therapycan access these changes on the website or get the membership to theorganization in order to get newsletters and updates.

Thesecond type of resource is conferences that are organized to discussissues affecting the field of occupational therapy. These conferencesare mostly organized by professional bodies with the objective ofbringing experts and stakeholders in the field of occupationaltherapy to discuss emerging issues (AOTA, 2015). A manager can learnnew changes and keep-up-to-date by following such changes.

Thethird type of resource is research journals that are based onempirical studies. Empirical studies bring new knowledge into thefield of occupational therapy and provide information that managerscan use to offer evidence-based practices.


Managersin occupation therapy can keep themselves up-to-date by accessingresources that provide a platform for new knowledge to becommunicated to the stakeholders. The most useful resources mayinclude membership to professional bodies, conferences, and researchjournals.


AOTA(2015). Occupational therapy. AOTA.Retrieved January 27, 2016, from

Fawcett,A. (2013). Principlesof assessment and outcome measurement occupational therapists andphysiotherapy: Theory, skills, and application. Hoboken:John Willey and Sons.

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